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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Snoqualmie Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Sauvignon Blanc is one of those wines that I usually only drink in the summer, about the same time I switch from ESBs and IPAs to Weissbier and Oberon. So when I ended up with a bottle of Snoqualmie's Sauvignon Blanc 2005 the day before Easter (high 33°F, low 22°F), I really wasn't in the mood.

It won me over soon enough, though. This isn't a New Zealand in-your-face grapefruit bomb, but a rather more subtle Columbia Valley interpretation that substitutes melon for the Kiwi-style grapefruit. It's light to medium-bodied, with just a tinge of citrus and acidity on the finish that would help it pair well with food, particularly chicken or seafood. The colder it is served the more pronounced the acidity becomes, so it hits its stride as a cocktail wine after it warms up a bit.

And at $10, it's a bargain. When summer finally arrives and you're ready for something clean and light to drink after cutting the grass or while getting the grill fired up, this may be it.
M. Zane Grey, 8:25 PM